Eugene Fairfield

Eugene Fairfield is a writer who has made two of his science fiction books available as free audiobooks.

Paulo, a domestic servant with a reputation for back-talk, is witness to a political murder. When a soothsayer is brought in to solve the crime, she sees Paulo as a tool: he can get close to the suspect, whereas she, as a known mind-reader, would instantly be recognized as a threat. But if Paulo works for her, he may get black-balled by the corporation that provides him job, room, and board. He will certainly get caught in a political conspiracy. If that weren't enough, there are stories that soothsayers can cause terrible psychic damage, and this one, people say, has something of a temper.

“Prophecy is not a prediction of tomorrow. It is a description of the doom contained within today.”

Three stories of the end of American society, from one Tuesday, the 11th of September into the near future.

Shock & Awe: “At the end of this story, a baby will be born, and touch off an insurrection. Before that, a woman makes breakfast.”

The Greening of Blue England: “It took three-quarters of a ton of plastique to get rid of all the box stores in Taft Corners.”

Spider's Dreams: “The rose is still unfolding, a thousand petals and every one scribed with tragedy, with enough grief to end the world.”